Originally Posted by GavMackem®
Cos you've tried installing XP you have to repair the MBR and the BCD for Vista so it boots off the recovery image on the recovery partition. I've done it but I don't fancy spending an hour telling you how, it's dead hard even for a techie and you need the Windows Automated Installation Kit and another Vista/7 system to create a boot dvd to start the process.
Best off getting a legit XP or ordering the recovery media!
I figured it might be the master boot record. I have another machine here with Windows 7 on which i am using now and I am a techy just wasnt sure if the recovery partition needed the vista partition. (Ive fucked up not creating a recovery DVD now I realise that) If you give me the gist ill be willing to have a go, ive been on with it for ages another hour wont hurt!